Rent Chinatown (1974)

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2h 5min
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Synopsis:
A landmark movie in the film noir tradition, Roman Polanski's Chinatown stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in...Chinatown.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Robert Evans
Writers:
Robert Towne
Others:
Robert Towne, Sam O'Steen, Anthea Sylbert, John A. Alonzo, Richard Sylbert, Jerry Goldsmith, John A Alonso, W. Stewart Campbell, Ruby Levitt, Bud Grenzbach, Larry Jost
Studio:
Paramount
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Collections:
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Awards:

1975 BAFTA Best Actor

1975 BAFTA Best Screen Play

1975 BAFTA Best Direction

1975 Oscar Best Original Screen Play

BBFC:
Release Date:
02/10/2000
Run Time:
125 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Hungarian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • A Retrospective Interview With Roman Polanaski, Robert Towne And Robert Evans
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/05/2012
Run Time:
130 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, French Dolby Digital 1.0, German Dolby Digital 1.0, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (3) of Chinatown

One of Jacks best 3. - Chinatown review by JD

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01/04/2010

This is truly a great film. The heat is tangible. The direction is interesting and the acting is surreal, except strangely the cameo played by Polanski. In my opinion one of Jack Nicholson's best three films (the others: a few good men and one flew over the cuckoos nest). Faye Dunaway plays an excellent 1940's style heroine. One to watch every few years.

5 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Jack at full throttle. - Chinatown review by NC

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26/01/2020

Certainly up there with a top Jack sticker. Not far from Cuckoo film. Jack holds the camera. Got the lens magnet in Easyrider, and continues to this day. Just has that latent tension going on..........works even in comedy roles............

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Mystery Thriller - A Masterpiece - Chinatown review by GI

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10/02/2022

This is one of those very marvellous films that everyone should make sure they see. It's arguably one of the greatest detective/mystery thrillers ever made and has a story that is so well constructed it's near perfect. The screenplay is often used on University film studies courses to example the way to properly write a script. Mostly though this is a period film, set in 1937 Los Angeles but filmed in a realistic European style, that draws you into the plot that twists and turns keeping you forever guessing what is going on but the clues are well placed if you can spot them. Jack Nicholson, in one of his best roles, is Jake Gittes, a successful private detective who specialises in marital affair cases. He is hired by the wife of the chief engineer of the city's water department who suspects her husband is seeing someone else. Jake takes the case but soon finds he is embroiled in a conspiracy involving deceit, corruption and murder. With a superb cast that includes Faye Dunaway and John Huston (in a really subtle yet very menacing performance) and with the enigmatic title, which is a metaphor for corruption as "you can't always tell what's going on", the film restructures the figure of the traditional film detective as its brilliantly reworks the style of the classic film noirs. The setting of the sun drenched LA in the middle of a drought mixed with political corruption makes for a really compelling story and a real masterpiece of modern cinema.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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